The conversation

In 2018 we developed a plan to upgrade Hardware Lane and wanted to hear what you had to say.

Gathering insights

From 28 August to 26 September 2018 we asked the community for feedback through an online survey.

The survey asked community members:

  • how they use Hardware Lane
  • how to minimise impact to businesses in the area during construction
  • what they thought of the draft concept plan.

Who we reached


Visitors to the project page



What we heard

We heard back from the community on four key themes:


There was support for more trees but some questioned the loss of existing trees and the location of new trees in front of businesses.


Some were not in favour of the red bricks being replaced with bluestone, preferring that the red brick character of the laneway be retained.

Pedestrian crossing

It was requested that a pedestrian crossing be installed at Lonsdale Street to create a safer connection between Hardware Lane and Hardware Street.


There was support for catenary or another unique system of lighting along Hardware Lane.


Of the 12 original tree plots between Bourke and Little Bourke streets, 10 trees were unfortunately declining in health and have since been removed.

Council has worked with traders to relocate tree plots where possible to better facilitate outdoor trading requirements.

The installation of a new irrigation system and structural soil will also provide superior growing conditions for a new generation of 14 trees.

Unfortunately, due to regulations associated with underground services, we are not able to plant additional trees in the section between Little Bourke and Lonsdale streets.

The existing red bricks on Hardware Lane were installed 35 years ago and have deteriorated over time, becoming slippery and uneven. The paving requires complete renewal and Council proposed to proceed with the bluestone treatment in accordance with its adopted paving design standards for the central city.

A new signalised pedestrian crossing is currently being installed at Lonsdale Street and will be completed in coming weeks. A pedestrian crossing is also proposed for the Hardware Lane and Little Bourke Street intersection.

It is planned that catenary lighting will be installed at the end as a separate project when works beneath have been completed.

Draft concept design

See the draft design we asked for feedback on in 2018.

See the proposed design

See the 2021 proposed design to provide us with your feedback.

Hardware Lane Streetscape Upgrade